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Part I: A Methodology for Interactive Meetings

 

Introduction

2

Who Is This Book for?

3

Beyond Icebreakers: The Interactive Meeting Format

4

Does This Work with Adults?

5

1 Why Use Interactive Methods?

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Building Relationships and Bringing a Group to Life

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Increasing the Group’s Understanding of and Investment in its Mission

11

Scenario 1: Connecting to the Mission

11

Surfacing Dissension and Building Strong Agreement for Effective Action

12

Surfacing and Resolving Dysfunctional Group Dynamics

13

Scenario 2: Interaction Surfaces Group Issues

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2 Working into Interaction

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The Bare Minimum for Meetings

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Steps toward Interaction

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3 Coping with Resistance and Fear of Failure

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From the Group

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From Yourself

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From the Top

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Scenario 3: Resistance from an Authority Figure

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The Resistance Diagram

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Scenario 4: Resistance Breeds Resistance

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Resistance is Forever

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4 The Interactive Meeting Format

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A Note about Processing

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Preparation

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Format Overview

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Table 1: The Six-part Interactive Meeting Format

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The Sections in Detail

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1. The Introduction

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2. The Names/Warm-up Section

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Table 2: Guidelines for Designing the Names/Warm-up Section

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Scenario 5: Processing a Warm-up Question

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3. The Springboard Section

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Scenario 6: Balancing Tasks and Group Issues

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4. The Work Section

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5. The Summation

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6. The Evaluation

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5 Interactive Meetings: Making Them Work

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Arranging the Setting

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The Ideal Setting

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The Less-than-Ideal Setting

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Designing the Agenda

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Clearly Identify the Purposes of the Meeting

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Be Aware of Individual and Group Dynamics

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Choose Appropriate Exercises

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Be Aware of Risk

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Be Subtle

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Keep Your Designs Fresh

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Scenario 7: A Small Change Creates a Fresh Experience

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Create Your Own Exercises

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Scenario 8: Using a Familiar Experience

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Take It Slow

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Keep It Simple

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Be Inclusive

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Facilitating the Meeting

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Remain Aware of Your Purpose

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Give Good Instructions

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Observe the Group’s Dynamics

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Know When to Participate and When to Observe

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Enjoy Yourself

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Don’t Panic if What You Planned Doesn’t Work

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Processing the Exercises

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Format for Processing

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Be Aware of Resistance

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How Much Processing Is Enough?

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Scenario 9: Three Ways to Process Pair Tag

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Use Subtlety in Processing

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Scenario 10: Subtle Processing of a Warm-up Question

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Making It Work for the Long Term

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Be Consistent

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Evaluate Your Work

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Some Final Thoughts about Facilitation

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Template for Planning an Interactive Agenda

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6 Putting It Together

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The Super Exercises

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Exercises with Movement

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The Agendas

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Agenda 1. A Meeting to Begin Taking Action

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Scenario 11: First Meeting of an Action-Oriented, Ongoing Group

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Agenda 2: A Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Workshop

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Agenda 3: Evaluating an Event

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Agenda 4: A Workshop on Personal Goal-Setting

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Agenda 5: A Routine Staff Meeting

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Agenda 6: Freshman Orientation: Small Group Agenda

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Agenda 7: High School Senior Class Meeting

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7 The Engaged Learner: Interactive Methods in the Classroom

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Achieving Important Goals through Interaction

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Preparing to Create an Interactive Lesson Plan

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The Setting

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Components of the Interactive Lesson Plan

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Introduction

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Name Exercises

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Warm-up Questions

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Table 3: Warm-up Questions for Specific Learning Goals

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Springboard Exercises

104

Work Section

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Summation

109

Evaluation

109

Frequently Asked Question

109

Interactive Lesson Plan: Themes in George Orwell’s Animal Farm

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Interactive Lesson Plan: Introducing Percentages

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Creating Springboard or Work Exercises

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There, Their, They’re Tag (Homonym Tag)

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Pop It Into Place

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Scenario 12: A Lesson Plan for Dealing with Test Anxiety

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Template for Interactive Lesson Plans

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8 Choosing Exercises to Serve Your Goals

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Interconnection

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Focus

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Introspection

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Communication

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Trust

126

Surfacing Group Dynamics

127

Group Problem Solving

128

Personal Problem Solving

128

Leadership

128

Organizing

129

Planning

129

Different Perspectives

129

Cultural Awareness

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Creativity

130

Visual Arts

130

Acting

130

Reinforcing Information

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Learning Names

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Reinforcing Names

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Part II: Interactive Exercises

 

9 Name Exercises

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NAME CHANT

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NAME CHANT AND MOTION

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NAME, TALENT, MOTION

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NAME DANCE

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NAME STRETCH

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NAME CONTEST

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NAME, FOOD, AND REMEMBER

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NAME, SOMETHING, AND REMEMBER

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NAME RACE

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NAME RACE TIMES 2 OR TIMES 3

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NAME LINE RACE

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NAME CROSS-LINE RACE

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NAME SHOUT

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NAMEWHISPER

142

NAME VOLLEY

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NAMEWALK

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NAMEWAVE

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10 Warm-up Questions

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All-Purpose Questions

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Time

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Personal and Work Goals

149

Remembering Your Life

149

Relationships

150

Self-Analysis

150

Food

151

Entertainment

151

Seasons/Holidays

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Community/School

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This Group/Program/Organization

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Ending the Group/Reflecting on Time Together

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Event Planning

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Event Outreach or Marketing

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Theme/Message

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Hypothetical

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Envisioning the Future

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Drugs

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Stereotypes/Prejudice/Racism

154

Social Class

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Miscellaneous

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11 Five-Minute Springboard Exercises

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EXAGGERATION

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EYE CONNECT

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ONE-EYED EYE CONNECT

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SPINNING EYE CONNECT

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EYE CONNECT WITH EVERYONE

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LONG-DISTANCE EYE CONNECT

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FOLLOW ME, FOLLOW YOU

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GO BETWEEN, IN BETWEEN

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GROUP BEAT

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HANDS TOGETHER

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STEP TOGETHER

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STEP AND CLAP

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HANDS TOGETHER CIRCLE

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LAP SIT

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MINI-MED

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MOVE TOGETHER

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NAME AND ADJECTIVE

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NAME, ADJECTIVE, AND REMEMBER

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NAME OCTAVE

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OPERATOR

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OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS

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PASS THE PULSE

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PASS THE PULSES

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PASS THE PULSE SPEED ROUND

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PSYCHIC SHAKE

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SMALL CHANGE

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WAIT A MINUTE

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EYES OPENWAIT A MINUTE

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WALK A MINUTE

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MOVE A MINUTE

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WORD IN MOTION

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EMOTION IN MOTION

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ZEN CLAP

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ZIP ZAP BOING

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ZIP ZAP ZUP

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12 Fifteen-Minutes-Plus Springboard Exercises

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BACK-TO-BACK FEEDBACK

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BRIDGING THE BARRIER

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CALL AND RESPONSE

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CONCENTRIC CIRCLES

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CONCENTRIC VISION

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GAB FEST

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CONVERSATION WEB

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CONNECTION WEB

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FINDING THE PATH

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TWO-TEAM PATHFINDING

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PATH AHEAD

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GROUP SCULPTURE

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HUMAN MACHINE

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ADVANCED HUMAN MACHINE

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HUMAN MAZE

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GUIDED MAZE

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MACHINE-O-RAMA

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OBSTACLE COURSE

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PICTURE WALL

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THE RIVER WILD

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TRIVIA RIVER WILD

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BLINDFOLD RIVER WILD

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RIVER WILD RACE

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SARDINES

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SURFING THE WEB

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WHO AM I?

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13 In-Your-Chair Springboard Exercises

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BACK-TO-BACK DRAW

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ESSENCE

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FINDING THE FS

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FREEZE

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GROUP COUNT

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GROUP SPELL

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MULTILINGUAL GROUP COUNT

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NAME COUNT

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BLIND COUNT

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GROUP MODELING

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GROUP STORY

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SIX-WORD STORY

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LEADER STORY

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GROUP THEME STORY

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INCH BY INCH

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THE LEADER GAME

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DOUBLE LEADER GAME

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NOT THE LEADER GAME

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DUELING LEADERS GAME

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NOISY LEADER GAME

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LISTEN UP

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MAGIC BOX

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MEMORY

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MEMORY WITH MOVEMENT

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NAME FACE

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NAME JINGLE

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THE NUMBERS GAME

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ONE WORD, TWO WORDS, THREE WORDS

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PAIRING

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ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR BOAT

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SELF POEMS

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SNICKERSNACK, ANIKANIPANISAN

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STEP BY STEP BY STEP

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THE STORY GAME

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SWITCH SWATCH

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MULTIPLE  SWITCH SWATCH

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THREE-CHAIR IMPROV

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TIMED ART

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TRIPLE DRAW

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TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE

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WHO’S THAT?

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WORD ASSOCIATION CONTEST

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UNFAIR WORD ASSOCIATION CONTEST

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14 Tag-Style Springboard Exercises

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AMOEBA TAG

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COMPETITIVE AMOEBAS

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CARTOON TAG

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“SOMETHING” TAG

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CHAIN TAG

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SAFE TAG

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CHILL, CHILL, RUN

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DOT  TAG

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ELBOW TAG

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EVERYBODY’S IT

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MEDITATIVE, TIME LIMITED, AND ONE-HANDED

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HEAD OR TAILS TAG

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LINE CHASE

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MARCO POLO

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PAIR TAG

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HOSPITAL TAG

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HOSPITAL TAG WITH A HEALER

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STOP TAG

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BACKWARD STOP TAG

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STOP TAG WITH REVERSE

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SPEECH TAG OR CHARACTER TAG

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PRAISE TAG

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SPINNING STOP TAG

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BLIND STOP TAG

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STUCK IN THE MUD

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TENTACLE TAG

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TENTACLE TAG WITH TRAITS

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TRIANGLE TAG

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15 Springboard Exercises for Groups both Large and Small

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FILL THE SPACE, SHAKE THE HAND

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MULTICULTURAL FILL THE SPACE, SHAKE THE HAND

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GROUP ARGUE

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DIRECTED GROUP ARGUE

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GROUP ARGUE IN WHISPERS

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GROUP MOAN/GROUP SHOUT

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GROUP SLIDE

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GROUP THE GROUP

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GROUP-UPS

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SELF GROUP-UPS

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MUSICAL CUPS

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PEOPLE HUNT

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RAINSTORM

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STAND UP/SIT DOWN

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DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO

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16 The Rest of the Springboard Exercises

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ALL ABOARD

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ALL ABOARD, ALL AHEAD

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ALL ABOARD, SOME AHEAD

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BAG TOSS

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BAG TOSS WITH A REVERSE

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BAG TOSS WITH MOVEMENT

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THINK AHEAD BAG TOSS

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BAG TOSS WITH LEFT OUTS

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BAG TOSS WITH OUTS

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HOT BAG

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OBJECT TOSS

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BAG TOSS WITH WORDS

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LONG DISTANCE TOSS

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BIGGER AND BIGGER

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SMALLER AND SMALLER

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BLINDWALK

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BOPPITY BOP BOP BOP

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BOPPITY NAME BOP

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PALM TREE, HOUSE, VIKING

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CIRCLE OF SUPPORT

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CIRCLE THE CIRCLE

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CIRCLE THE CIRCLE SQUARED

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CONCENTRIC MIRRORS

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CONCENTRIC MIRRORS WITHWORDS

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LONG-DISTANCE MIRRORS WITHWORDS

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GROUP MIRROR

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CONCENTRIC ACTING

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D-CHAIN

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EYE LINES

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EYE TO EYE

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EYE TO EYE WITHWORDS

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EYE TO EYE WITH VISUALIZATION

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FEELING LABELS

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FEELING ABOUT

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FOLLOW THE LEADER

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FREEZE FRAMES

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GROUP PULSE

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HIDE AND SEEK

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TIME LIMITED HIDE AND SEEK

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HOLES IN THE ICE

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HUMAN KNOT

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THE HUMAN KNOT DIRECTOR

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STUCK KNOT

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BACKWARD HUMAN KNOT

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HALF-BLIND KNOT

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HALF-BLIND KNOT WITH STOPS

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BLIND KNOT, SIGHTED LEADER

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INSTANT IMPULSE

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KEEP YOUR BALANCE

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LEADERSHIP CIRCLE

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LEADERSHIP SPIN

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LEADERSHIP SPIN WITH ASSIGNED LEADERS

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LINE-UPS

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BLIND LINE-UPS

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MAGIC BALL

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INVISIBLE CLAY

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MAKE IT UP

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MIRROR SQUARED

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MIXED MESSAGES

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MUSICAL CONVERSATIONS

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NAME CHANT, MOTION, AND SOUND

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NAME, CHARACTERISTIC, MOTION, AND SOUND

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NAME, EMOTION, AND MOTION

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NAME DANCE CIRCLE

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PAIR PYRAMIDS

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PAIR STAND

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PAY ATTENTION

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POEM PUZZLE

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PRIVATE EYE

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PUZZLE HUNT

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RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT

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RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT WITH POSES

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RELAY RACE

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RELAY CHAIN

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NAPKIN RACE

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SIMON SAYS

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ROLLING SIMON SAYS TIMES X

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ROLLING SIMON SAYS TIMES

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DUELING SIMON SAYS

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SLIDE BY SLIDE

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SOUND-MOTION-GO-AROUND

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WAVE-GO-AROUND

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SQUAT BALL

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SUPPORT SEQUENCE CIRCLE

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TAKE A SHOT

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TOO MUCH

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TEAM TOO MUCH

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TRUST CIRCLE

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TRUST FALL

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WEB OF CONNECTION

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WARM-UPWEB

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CARRY THE WEB

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WHO’S THAT THERE BEHIND THE CURTAIN?

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THE WIND  BLOWS

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THE WIND  HOPS, SPINS, ETC.

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THE WIND  BLOWS WITH WORDS OR QUESTIONS

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THE WIND  BLOWS WITH CHARADES

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THE WIND  BLOWS WITH SCENARIOS

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THE WIND  BLOWS WITH HATS

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YES GAME

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YES GAME WITH A GOAL

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LONG DISTANCE YES

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17 Work-Section Exercises

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BRAINSTORMING

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BRAINWARMING

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BRAINRACE

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BRAVE NEWWORLD

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COMMUNICATION CONTINUUM

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COMMITMENT CONTINUUM

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DIVERSITY IN MOTION

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FREEZE FRAME REPORT-BACKS

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THE GOOD SHOW

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THE MUSICAL GOOD SHOW

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GROUP COLLAGE

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GROUP DRAWING

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GROUP POEM

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INFO FLOW

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INFO PICTIONARY

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INSIDE ME DRAWINGS

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LIFE LINES

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LIFE MAPS

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QUIZ-A-RAMA

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ROLE-PLAYS

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THE SPEECH GAME

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STAND AND DELIVER

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TAKE A SEAT

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VISUALIZATION

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THE WIND BLOWS FOR PRACTICE

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THE WIND BLOWS WITH SCENARIOS

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WORDSTORM

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WORD RACE

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PICTURE STORM

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DOUBLE WORDSTORM

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DOUBLE/TRIPLEWORD RACE

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RELAY WORDSTORM

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WORLD PARTY

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ATTITUDE PARTY

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TASK PARTY

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18 Evaluation Exercises

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EVALUATION SCALES

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EVALUATION COMPARISONS

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GROUP SHOUT EVALUATION

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GROUP WHISPER EVALUATION

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GROUP STRETCH EVALUATION

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GROUP THOUGHT EVALUATION

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STAND-UP EVALUATION

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Appendices

 

A Written Evaluation Form

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B Adapting Interactive Exercises for Physical Limitations

428

C Words for Word Association

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D Creating Visualizations

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Index

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